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10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't by Benjamin Wiker

By Benjamin Wiker

You've heard of the "Great Books"?
These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male, those "influential" books have resulted in struggle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relations breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they could impact your individual considering with out your understanding it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new ebook, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes each one of those evil books by means of its malignant middle and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you are going to learn:

* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the foundation for an extended checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on procedure "proved" God's life simply by way of making Him a production of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the assumption that we've got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto may perhaps win the award for the main malicious publication ever written
* How Darwin's The Descent of guy proves he meant "survival of the fittest" to be utilized to human society
* How Nietzsche's past strong and Evil issued the decision for an international governed exclusively via the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once a type of "spiritualized Darwinism" that debts for his genocidal anti-Semitism
* How the pansexual paradise defined in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa became out to be a construction of her personal sexual confusions and aspirations
* Why Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science

Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area deals a brief schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will steer clear of them within the future.

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4 34 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD Stanching the flow of blood with your pillowcase, you look in the direction the brick came from and find that your other neighbor, who’s already fired up his outdoor grill, is offering a strangely insistent invitation that you dine with him this morning. ” “Because the condition of man . . ”5 Even to one another’s body! That’s why the neighbor on one side carried off your wife when she stepped out the front door looking for the morning paper. That’s why the neighbor on the other wants you for a barbeque.

And so the poor fools were fooled, laments Rousseau: All ran to meet their chains thinking they secured their freedom. . Such was . . 20 As civil society is based on injustice and law is merely a tool for the rich to keep their riches, then rebellion of the have-nots is always justified. They have nothing to lose but their chains. Voilà, the French Revolution . . and we are also back to Marx. Let us count up the evils we should lay at Rousseau’s door with his Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men.

The lady next door was entirely innocent (of that, at least). But this isn’t just a moral lesson. Again, it regularly occurs in the history of science. We’ll cite one interesting instance. A number of prominent scientists, beginning in 1877 with Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, were convinced that they saw through their telescopes an intricate system of canals on Mars. These canals were all very geometrical and hence obviously carried water for the great Martian civilization. The certainty of intelligent life on Mars was trumpeted (with the aid of businessman and amateur astronomer Percival Lowell).

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